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Mid-back | Thoracic

The majority of back pain happens in the lumbar, or lower back, section of your spine. Acute low back pain that occurs suddenly is the most common type of lumbar pain. And it's also the quickest to resolve itself. Chronic back pain, on the other hand, is insidious and rarely goes away without intervention. You may get short-term relief from rest or pain medicine, but the pain always returns. The only way to get long-term relief is through minimally invasive surgery. Call on a gifted neurosurgeon such as Dr. Branko Skovrlj at NU-Spine in Edison, NJ. Find out how you can benefit from the latest techniques offered by the best spine surgeon on the east coast.

The middle part of your spine is the least vulnerable of all the spinal column. But when you feel pain in the thoracic spine, the consequences can be devastating. Pain and curvature symptoms are the most noticeable issues of the thoracic spine. At the first sign of these symptoms, visit NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in Edison, NJ. Founder and lead spine surgeon Dr. Branko Skovrlj gets you out of back pain by addressing your spinal disorders. Call today for an appointment.

What’s the Thoracic Part of the Spine?

The thoracic region of the spine begins just below your neck and runs all the way to the bottom of your ribcage, where your lower back begins. The mid-back is made up of 12 vertebrae. Between each is a disc, filled with a malleable substance that serves as a shock absorber.

At the same time, this region of the spine isn’t as flexible as your cervical or lower back because it’s attached to your ribcage. Your thoracic spine:

  • Stabilizes your torso
  • Supports your chest
  • Provides a point of attachment for each of your ribs
  • Houses the nerves that transmit vital signals between major body organs like the heart and lungs
  • Protects the vulnerable areas of your spinal cord

What Can Go Wrong in the Thoracic Spinal Column?

The cervical spine is built for flexibility and the lumbar spine for strength. The thoracic spine is known as the stabilizer of your spine. Range of motion is much less obvious in this part of the spine, making it less vulnerable to injury.

One of the main sources of back pain in the thoracic spinal column comes from stress fractures due to osteoporosis. Wear and tear disorders and weakened bones are the most common thoracic spinal issues, such as:

What’s the Best Treatment for Thoracic Spinal Disorders?

While healthy habits play a role, prevention is the primary way to keep your thoracic spine strong and free of disease or deformity. The best way to prevent common thoracic spine problems is to:

  • Maintain excellent posture
  • Keep your body weight within recommended guidelines
  • Don’t smoke
  • Take calcium and vitamin D supplements
  • Include aerobic exercise in your daily routine

If you’ve already developed a problem in your mid-back, the best treatment may be a minimally invasive surgery at NU-Spine. Dr. Branko Skovrlj, neurosurgeon in New Jersey relieves back pain and ensures that you have the best quality of life possible. Contact NU-Spine in Edison, NJ today for an initial consultation.

This page was published on Mar 27, 2020, modified on May 15, 2021 by Dr. Branko Skovrlj (Neurosurgeon / Spine surgeon) of NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in New Jersey

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class neurosurgeon in NJ regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local spine surgeon or Dr. Branko Skovrlj of spine center New Jersey, to schedule a consultation.

Mid-back Thoracic


  • Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Thoracic Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Thoracic Facet Syndrome
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Thoracic Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Scoliosis


  • Endoscopic Discectomy
  • Endoscopic Rhizotomy
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spine Reconstruction


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